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County Court Small Claims Procedures

County Court Small Claims Procedures

Small claims courts handle civil cases involving a low dollar amount.gavel image by Cora Reed from Fotolia.comSmall claims court is typically reserved for civil judgments under a certain dollar amount. The dollar amount that can be pursued in small claims court typically varies by state..........[Read More]
How to Write a Letter to Postpone Jury Duty

How to Write a Letter to Postpone Jury Duty

Jury duty is an important civic requirement that contributes to the protection of citizens' basic rights and liberties within the United States justice system. The Jury Selection and Service Act establishes the process for juror selection, and outlines the basic qualifications that must be met to se......[Read More]
Difference Between Civil & Criminal Charges

Difference Between Civil & Criminal Charges

While both civil and criminal charges may result in a trial, there are several significant differences between the two. Civil charges are the result of a dispute between individuals or institutions. Criminal charges are the result of laws being broken. There are connections between the two, as a def......[Read More]
How to Know If a Notice Is a Summons or a Subpoena?

How to Know If a Notice Is a Summons or a Subpoena?

If you receive a notice from the court, it's important to know if it is a summons or a subpoena. A summons is an official notice that you are being sued, and you'll need to prepare your case to ensure a successful defense. If you fail to appear in court and the plaintiff proves his case, you lose th......[Read More]
Maine: The Sentencing Guidelines for Violating a Protection Order

Maine: The Sentencing Guidelines for Violating a Protection Order

Stalking, harassment and abuse are behaviors from which an individual may seek a protective order in a Maine court. The sentencing guidelines vary by the type of order violated and the severity of the violation.......[Read More]
How to Put Off a Court Date

How to Put Off a Court Date

If you've committed an illegal act, you will likely have to appear in court. The date that you have to appear in court will be decided by the county in which you committed the infraction. If, however, you're unable to appear in court on the date that has been assigned to you, you must submit an appl......[Read More]
Forms for Legal Motions to Be Filed

Forms for Legal Motions to Be Filed

Legal motions are formal pleadings filed by a party moving the court. Motions are regulated by the local rules of the court. Some courts provide standard forms or templates for routine motions, such as a motions to dismiss a complaint, quash a subpoena or reconsider a case. Forms for motions vary by......[Read More]
How to Petition Courts to Reduce Restitution

How to Petition Courts to Reduce Restitution

One of the most challenging procedures in criminal court is that of attempting to reduce restitution. Courts across the United States on all levels---city, county, state and federal---are extremely reluctant to reduce restitution owed in a particular case. In limited situations a criminal offender c......[Read More]
What Is the History of the Derolph Decision?

What Is the History of the Derolph Decision?

The Derolph Decision, a 1997 Ohio Supreme Court decision, held that Ohio's system of funding primary and secondary schools was unconstitutional. At issue was the imbalance in funding between schools in affluent and less affluent areas.......[Read More]
How Do I Get My Jury Duty Federal Court Summons Number?

How Do I Get My Jury Duty Federal Court Summons Number?

Your federal jury duty summons contains all the information you need, including your summons number, which appears just above your name and address. The number is used internally by the court to identify your jury service assignments and can be used to check your status as a juror after returning y......[Read More]
How to Lose a Summary Motion

How to Lose a Summary Motion

A motion for summary judgment is a request that the court rule in the moving party's favor, thereby obviating the need for trial. When a motion for summary judgment is filed, the court weighs recorded testimony, affidavits, depositions, admissions of fact and discovery responses to decide if the fac......[Read More]
How to Petition the Courts for a Mental Evaluation in Kentucky

How to Petition the Courts for a Mental Evaluation in Kentucky

A mental evaluation is useful in many types of proceedings from custody to a contested will. A petitioner can petition the Kentucky court for a mental evaluation by citing the various reasons why he would like an evaluation performed by a licensed professional. The petition should be filed in the co......[Read More]
What Is the Purpose of a County Court?

What Is the Purpose of a County Court?

County courts--or higher-level courts--operate in a fairly standard state judicial structure. These courts function as a "middle ground" between minor and appellate courts, handling several case types in different states.......[Read More]
Can I Serve a Subpoena to Anyone if I Need Him in Court?

Can I Serve a Subpoena to Anyone if I Need Him in Court?

A subpoena is a legal order for a witness to appear in court and/or to deliver relevant paperwork -- either to a court or to a location of your choosing. There are two types of subpoenas: the subpoena duces tecum and the witness subpoena. The subpoena duces tecum orders the person to give over doc......[Read More]
What Happens at a Federal Court Sentencing Hearing?

What Happens at a Federal Court Sentencing Hearing?

The sentencing hearing in a federal court case follows the procedure set forth in Rule 32 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCP). Sentencing hearings can be highly emotional proceedings for the judge, attorneys and especially the defendant. An established methodology that the court follow......[Read More]
Structure of the Federal Judicial System

Structure of the Federal Judicial System

The United States judiciary consists of court systems at both the federal and state levels. The federal courts interpret the Constitution and determine the constitutionality of federal laws.......[Read More]
What Makes a Petition Legal?

What Makes a Petition Legal?

Petitions must follow a strict set of formatting and content guidelines to be considered legal. They must be signed and dated by the plaintiff before they are submitted to the court in order to be reviewed by a judge.......[Read More]
How to Get a Restraining Order in Spokane, Washington

How to Get a Restraining Order in Spokane, Washington

Harassment and abusive behavior are serious problems. If someone is engaging in predatory behavior against you, file a restraining order to get the law on your side. There are several types of restraining orders you may file, depending on how you know the person you are filing the order against.......[Read More]
How to Answer a Civil Complaint in North Carolina

How to Answer a Civil Complaint in North Carolina

You do not need to hire a lawyer to file a civil complaint in North Carolina. Complaints can be filed in small claims, injunction or family court without representation. Likewise, you do not need a lawyer to defend you when you are the target of a civil complaint. A formal complaint must be served t......[Read More]
Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices

Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices

The Supreme Court is the most powerful court in the United States. Not only does the court make the laws of the land, but it sets the precedents for lower courts as well.......[Read More]